A man has been arrested at Southend airport in eastern England on suspicion of being involved in terrorism, police said on Wednesday (Aug 2nd).
The 49-year-old man, who was stopped at the airport in Southend, 36 miles (57 km) east of London, was arrested on suspicion of preparing acts to commit terrorism, London’s Metropolitan police have said.
He remained in police custody in south London. Police said they had carried out a search at an address in the county of Essex where Southend is situated.
On the same day, Reuters reported that four members of an Islamist militant cell who referred to themselves as the “Three Musketeers” were found guilty on Wednesday of plotting an attack in Britain after hashing out their plans on an encrypted messaging service.
Naweed Ali, 28, Khobaib Hussain, 25, and Mohibur Rahman, 33, and Tahir Aziz, 38, were convicted of terrorism offences by a court in London and are due to be sentenced on Thursday.
Ali and Hussain had previously served over three years in prison for terrorism offences after travelling to Pakistan in 2012 for militant training. Rahman had separately been convicted of possessing materials linked to terrorism in 2012.
Police said the men, who had denied the charges, had been planning an Islamic State-inspired attack on British soil.
“These men shared the same radical belief in violent jihad and had reached a stage where they were planning to take action,” Sue Hemming from the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service said.
The current terrorist threat level in Britain, which has seen attacks by Islamist militants in London and other cities, is considered severe, meaning that an attack is highly likely.
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